Running Backs (D) ... Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount each had fumbles, sending them to the heated bench for the night. Brandon Bolden was one carry for 33 yards and 12 carries for 25 yards, which is hardly consistent.
Wide Receivers (C+) ... Julian Edelman was a one-man show. Aaron Dobson wasn’t targeted all night, and both Kenbrell Thompkins and Danny Amendola spent the night well-covered and whining for flags, combining for nine catches for 73 yards.
Tight Ends (B+) ... Another money game for Rob Gronkowski. His impact on this offense was amazing.
Quarterback (B+) ... The first half counts for something, or he would have grabbed an “A.” With him, a 24-0 deficit is a minor obstacle. The kid was clutch, throwing into a Nor’easter and living to tell about it with a 34 of 50, 344-yard, 3-TD effort.
Line (D) ... Unmasked by Knowshon Moreno in a 224-yard rushing night. Man, is this front soft.
Linebackers (D-) ... You’re asking Dane Fletcher to make plays on defense. And you’re asking Dont’a Hightower to do something, and Brandon Spikes to hobble on what looks like a bad injury. But nobody is making plays in this group.
Secondary (B) ... Receivers were not running wide open. They were not the issue. Even on the game-tying TD drive, it was Moreno doing a ton of damage with the run.
Pin this one on Wes
As good a player as Wes Welker was here and as good a guy as he is, if you’re a Denver Broncos fan, you’re pummeling 83 for not coming up and fielding that punt in overtime that glanced off Broncos’ defensive back and ex-Patriot Tony Carter, recovered by Nate Ebner to set up the game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
Welker is in there for safety. He should have run up into traffic and made the play. He was tentative, and the Broncos paid the price.